By Kayla Ratliff, Sophomore
Thrill. Fright. Pressure.
These three words describe the experiences the cast goes through in theatre during high school.
The Edgewood Theatre Arts program decided to do the well known production Grease, on November 13th through the 15th, which is being directed by Sheila and Keith Carter.
Sophomore Jack Glover and Senior Amanda Burrell will be performing the two main roles of the production, Danny Zuko and Sandy Dumbrowski.
“It’s cool to be a lead because it never gets boring, but at the same time it’s a lot of responsibility. I always have something to do,” Glover said.
For two months, the cast at Edgewood High School has been working strenuously, sometimes more than three hours per night on making Grease their best work possible. But with so much on a student’s plate, was the experience worth it by the last performance’s bows? After talking to multiple people involved in Grease, there was one downside that everyone could attest to. Time management played a significant part in the lives of multiple students and the others involved.
“Here at Edgewood, the students are so involved in so many things. The downside is probably scheduling,” Co-director Sheila Carter said.
Another notable aspect of being involved in theatre in high school is the memorization of lines, lyrics, and choreography. Students with leading roles mentioned spending hours and hours learning every single piece of dialogue their character said, every lyric to every song they sung, every dance move they needed to remember, and the attitude their character needed to have.
“Everybody knows what that person is supposed to act like; you have to be spot on,” Sophomore Allie Frye said.
While there are a few difficulties when being involved in theatre, there are also advantages. Some involved in Grease added that they were able to see students in a different light, or in a different setting than they were used to; others said they enjoyed seeing students they had worked with previously grow and mature through the art of theatre. Students involved in theatre are able to meet and interact with others with like interests; they gain new friends.
“I think the best thing is meeting all those weird people who are just like you. You make new friends every time,” Frye said.
- She is involved in six other activities, as well as voice and dance lessons.
- She has been singing for a total of eight years.
- She has done seven theatre productions in all; three of them took place at EHS.
“It does take so much of your time, and I’m taking really hard classes and do so many other activities. I need to manage my time and plan ahead for everything,” Burrell said.
- Grease is the first theatre production he has participated in.
- He decided to audition for Grease five minutes before tryouts began.
- He did not expect to receive a leading role.
- He is in two separate bands; he sings and plays the guitar.
- He is in Music Warehouse
- In his free time, he enjoys skateboarding.
“Don’t do theatre unless you are willing to put in the effort,” Glover said.